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How to Create Profiles in Windows PowerShell ISE

Updated: August 9, 2012

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0

Before you create a profile, you must know what type of profile you want to create. For more information, see about_Profiles, or in the Command Pane, type, “get-help about_profiles” and press ENTER.

To create a new profile

  1. To create a new “Current user, Windows PowerShell ISE” profile, type:

    if (!(test-path $profile )) 
    {new-item -type file -path $profile -force} 
    
  2. To create a new “All users, Windows PowerShell ISE” profile, type:

    if (!(test-path $profile.AllUsersCurrentHost)) 
    {new-item -type file -path $profile.AllUsersCurrentHost -force}
    
  3. To create a new “Current user, All Hosts” profile, type:

    if (!(test-path $profile.CurrentUserAllHosts)) 
    {new-item -type file -path $profile.CurrentUserAllHosts -force}
    
    
  4. To create a new “All users, All Hosts” profile, type:

    if (!(test-path $profile.AllUsersAllHosts)) 
    {new-item -type file -path $profile.AllUsersAllHosts-force} 
    
    

To edit a profile

  1. Open the profile. For example, to open the Current user, Windows PowerShell ISE profile, type: psEdit $profile

  2. Add some items to your profile. The following are a few examples to get you started:

    • To change the default background color of the Output Pane to blue, in the profile file type: $psISE.Options.OutputPaneBackground = 'blue' . For more information about the $psISE variable, see The Windows PowerShell 2.0 ISE Scripting Object Model.

    • To change font size to 20, in the profile file type: $psISE.Options.FontSize =20

  3. Save your profile file. On the File menu, click Save. Next time you open the Windows PowerShell ISE, your customizations will be applied.

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